Book Review: Afraid to Believe in Free Will


Title: Afraid to Believe in Free Will: The Human Tendency to Avoid Responsibility for Free Choices

Author: Carl E. Begley

Publisher: WestBow Press

The irony is not lost on me: I’m writing a review about a book about that explores the capacity the human race has for avoiding responsiblity…such as keeping a blog up-to-date. All this aside, Begley’s book leaves readers questioning the reasons why we stand in our way in life.

Ponder this: Are we inherently afraid of free will? And, if we are, is this the reason many of us do not reach our maximum potential in life? 

Begley takes readers on a psychological exploration of free will, dividing it into nine chapters that deconstruct free will as a “mysterious element;” the opposition we present and how we abuses of free will. In short, yes, he believes that we are afraid of free will, but we cleave to the belief in it for a variety of reasons. The author also provides an escape route, if you will, from standing in one’s way of accepting responsibility in our lives.

This is a book to make you question things that you might have swept under the rug in your life. The tone is more conversational than preachy, too. I recommend reading this when you have a decent amount of time to reflect on (and possible journal about) the content.

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from the publisher through the BookSneeze®.com book review bloggers program. I am not required to write a positive review whatsoever. The opinions I have expressed are completely my own. This disclosure is in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”


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